In this fascinating photo series, France-based photographer Alain Delorme‘s Totems captures the massive loads Chinese porters carry, delivering what looks like hundreds of pounds of goods on a bike. The porters have carts full of tires, boxes, plastic tubes, and chairs, reflecting their position within the hierarchy of consumer culture. Dwarfed by enormous piles of stuff, the bikes look as if they aren’t real and the porters look like they’re about to tip over.
In his previous project titled Little Dolls, Alain addresses the peculiarity of beauty pageants for children. Both projects show contemporary photography’s ability to meditate on society’s little idiosyncrasies.